CEDIA 2016

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John Sciacca  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
Bluesound added the latest products to its wireless BluOS ecosystem with the new Pulse Soundbar and Pulse Sub. Both models are meant to add easily to a BluOS audio system, but now bring improved TV audio into the mix.

The two-channel high resolution soundbar will support audio resolution up to 192/24-bit and also support Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio streaming, another first in the soundbar category...

John Sciacca  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
At a time when many people aren’t willing to spend $500 for a speaker, Bang & Olufsen is coming out with the new optional advanced grill to accompany its new line of in-ceiling speakers that are being manufactured by Origin Acoustics. To be fair, pricing hasn’t been set on the new grille, but the company stated that it would cost more than the price of the lowest speaker and would probably retail for around $500 each.

To clear up any confusion for the American market, even though the grill that is included with the speakers is called the “premium grill,” the truly premium option will be the aluminum advanced grill. So, what exactly is involved in making a $500 speaker grill?

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
In an earlier blog I suggested that SIM2 with its new Nero4 projector was the first to use TI’s new pseudo 4K chip, meaning that it uses pixel shifting on its digital micromirrors to put the full resolution of a 4K source on screen, but not all at once. Half of the resolution is presented first, then microseconds later the mirrors shift by a fraction of a pixel and the rest of the image is displayed. Sounds fishy if you haven’t seen it, but it works...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Alcons is a company new to me, but they went all out in a Pro-for-Home, home theater setup. The speakers were a complex assemblage, with pro mid and high frequency drivers, the latter claimed to be an extremely rugged ribbon...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
The introduction and demonstration of Epson’s new(ish) Pro Cinema LS10500 Laser Diode illuminated 4Ke projector was one of the highlights of the show. It differs from the previous LS10500 mainly in the inclusion of HDR-capability.

The “e” in the 4Ke designation indicates that this projector, like all of the relatively affordable projectors available from Epson and JVC, uses pixel shift to display a 4K input...

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
While Epson’s projector demos at CEDIA were designed to impress custom installers and the press (the latter hard to please but pussycats when you win them over), it did show this short throw projector designed for the business market...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Samsung’s booth was very small (the same was true of both Sony and LG—common at CEDIA as the big TV makers guard their piggy banks until CES). While nothing was truly new, they did effectively demonstrate their sound-bar based Atmos audio system, and lined up three of their flagship KS9800 curved SUHD sets to wow the crowds.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Wolf Cinema demonstrated its SDC15 projector ($23,000 with Wolf’s outboard processor, $15,000 without) in a room it shared with RBH Sound. The latter included premier models from the RBH Signature Reference Series, upgraded with a new AMT tweeter and other refinements...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Shown here are two of the new drivers used in RBH’s new Signature Reference speakers, as discussed in a previous blog—a new AMT tweeter (replacing the previous dome) and a new bass-midrange.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
In-wall, on-wall, and other such custom installation products are a staple at CEDIA. Free-standing speakers? Not so much. Though there’s an ample supply of those (some of which we’ve written up in other show blogs), CES in January is where new box speakers go to be launched.

TruAudio’s BD-8 WT/BK encloses its 2-way speaker in a pendant designed to be hung from the ceiling...

Al Griffin  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
The BeoVision 14, a new Series of Ultra HDTVs unveiled by Danish manufacturer Bang & Olufsen today at its CEDIA press event, up the ante on the aesthetics front by providing an element not often seen in modern TV design: wood.
Al Griffin  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Thor, as we all know, is the hammer-wielding god from Norse mythology. Thor is also the name of Barco’s Residential’s flagship 4K projector, a refrigerator-size 4K DLP model that sells for nearly $400,000. Why would anyone pay that much for a video projector? Maybe you want the image in your home theater to not only match, but exceed the quality of your local cinema, even those RPX and ETX ones they charge a premium ticket price for.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Dynaudio says the soft dome tweeter in its new Contour Series is the best one it's ever used.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
The BMR flat-panel driver has been featured in several Cambridge Audio speaker lines. Its latest iteration is the Aeromax series.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Bose aggressively downsized satellite speakers long before it became fashionable. The new Lifestyle 650 system continues the campaign with the OmniJewel, Bose's smallest satellite yet.

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